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Singer Laura Gibson's 'Empire Builder' Traces A Narrative Of Trauma

With a bit of context, listening to Laura Gibson's "Empire Builder," her terrific new album, becomes an even richer and more nuanced experience. Gibson, a Portland, Ore., native who'll open for David Bazan at the Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden on Wednesday, July 6, recorded several tracks...

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    We Were Promised Jet Packs To Play At The Space

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      • Dan Pratt Quartet At The Side Door

        Dan Pratt Quartet At The Side Door

        Tenor saxophonist and bandleader Dan Pratt is venturing out in a different direction with his new record "Hymn For the Happy Man," released in early June. It's new territory for him, but sort of classic terrain in the jazz world. It's a piano/drums/bass quartet, but Pratt has been fronting organ...

          • Avett Brothers To Perform At College Street

            Avett Brothers To Perform At College Street

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                Peter Asher And Albert Lee To Perform At Cafe Nine

                Peter Asher and Albert Lee are both legends of rock and popular music, but they're the kind of legends who might only be known to serious students of the music. Asher was half of the pop-folk group Peter & Gordon, who had a hit with several Paul McCartney-penned songs, like "A World Without Love."...

                  • Chris Cornell's Enjoying Solo Performances And Rockin' With Soundgarden

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                          • Country Superstar Brad Paisley At Xfinity

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                              • Barenaked Ladies At Oakdale

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